Make this Free Crochet Cup Cozy Pattern in less than an hour!

Make this Free Crochet Cup Cozy Pattern in less than an hour!
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Crochet cup cozy patterns can be used all year. They are great for keeping the chill of iced drinks or tubs of ice cream off your hands and fingers during the warmer months. But as we move into Fall they are a must make!

Most people like to use crocheted cup cozies on their hot drinks.

As Fall approaches it is time for the cinnamon lattes and spiced pumpkin drinks to start making an appearance. The cooler weather calls for hot chocolate and warm soups.

So whether you are running errands, travelling to work, out with the kids or walking your dog on those brisk, glorious days be sure to have one of these in your pocket or bag!

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Inspiration behind the design

Crochet cup cozy patterns are definitely a must make. When I started crocheting I kept seeing them and wondering what all of the fuss was about. I will admit that I have ‘asbestos hands’ so can tolerate higher temperatures that most people around me.

But since I started making and trying them I am converted! I literally have drawers full of these and keep several in my bag during fall and winter. When we are out and about my daughter likes to give one to whoever mentions them so I need to keep a stash.

And they make great last minute gift ideas. For birthdays or holidays why not team your crochet cup cozy with a re-usable takeaway cup and a gift card?

This particular design is my Richard Cup Cozy. Named after my husband, it was designed specifically as something that men would use too. So this one is a great unisex gift idea!

The texture is gorgeous yet quite subtle and perfect for anyone. I just love how this one turned out…

And I am planning on gifting several this year for the holidays.

Construction of the design

The Richard Cup Cozy has been designed to fit a 20 oz Starbucks cup comfortably (or any Costa takeaway cup).

This is an easy pattern – the only ‘difficult’ part is working a HDC in the third loop. But I have a video tutorial for that to help you!

Other than that you can use chains to start and the texture is created using only HDC (half treble crochet in UK terms) and slip stitches.

This cup cozy is crocheted in the round so there is no seaming to be done anywhere – just sewing in two ends when you are finished.

The Yarn

While you can use acrylic yarn for this pattern, I would always recommend using a cotton or cotton blend for this type of project. I used Dishie Cotton from WeCrochet for my Richard cup cozies. It is a worsted weight (aran) cotton with 190 yards per 100g and is 100% cotton. At the time of writing this post it also comes in no less than 59 colours!

There are several reasons for choosing cotton yarn:

  • It is sturdier and will help your cup to keep its shape with the heat (have you ever noticed that the paper cups sometimes squeeze in on themselves when they have very hot liquids in them and they pop the lid on?)
  • It is thicker so will protect your hands more.
  • You can get a better grip on it so you are unlikely to have the cup slip in your hands.
  • the cotton keeps its shape so will not stretch and move around the cup like acrylic will over time.
  • It is much easier to wash and dry.
  • And … it looks fabulous for so much longer than acrylic.

So the extra few pennies it costs for cotton yarn is well worth it.

Just for Him Event 2023:

On 1st September 2023 this pattern was featured in the Just for Him event.

You can still visit the round up post for pattern inspiration for the men by clicking the button below: v

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The pattern specifics:


·      Approx 37-42 yards of 4 weight cotton
·      5mm hook 
·      Stitch markers (optional to mark the first and last stitch of the round)
·      Scissors
·      Tapestry needle


6 sts and 9 rows of main texture in 2”


Will fit a 20 oz starbucks cup, (or a Costa takeaway cup if you are in Europe)                                   

My cozy was 4” wide laid flat (just over 8” circumference) and 4.75” tall.

Abbreviations used:

·      Ch(s)–chain(s)
·      St(s)–stitch(es)
·      FHDC – foundation Half double crochet
·      YO – yarn over
·      hdc – half double crochet
. SS – slip stitch

Other notes:

·      Written in US terms.
·      Ch stitches at the beginning do not count as a st unless otherwise stated. 
·      Pattern is written for #4 weight yarn 
·      If you do not turn at round 4 then your texture will all be on the wrong side of your cozy.

The Pattern:

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Round 1:        Note: leave a longer tail when starting your chain or foundation sts.

FHDC 30      OR     Ch 32, HDC in third ch from hook and each ch 

across. SS to join. (30)

Round 2:        Ch1, camel st in each st around. SS to join. (30)

Round 3:        Ch1, HDC in first st, SS in next st, *HDC in next st, SS in next st. 

Rep from * around. (15 HDC, 15 SS)

Round 4:        Turn, Ch1, HDC in first st, SS in next st, *HDC in next st, SS in next st. 

Rep from * around. SS to join. (15 HDC, 15 SS)

Rounds 5-18: Rep round 4

Round 19:      Turn, ch1, HDC in the top of each HDC and SS around. SS to join. (30)

Round 13:      Rep round 2 (30)

FO and weave in ends.

Note: When weaving in the end from the start of your foundation row or turning chain, use the tail to sew close any gap between the first st and the last st of round 1 first, then weave in.